Bella Italia: Italian wines receive 658 medals at the 2014 International Wine Challenge
Italian wines score highly at International Wine Challenge 2014, coming third in the total medal count with 658
Italy demonstrated star quality at this year’s International Wine Challenge, and was awarded a total of 658 medals. 28 Italian wines picked up the top prize of a Gold medal, 207 won Silver medals, and 423 picked up a very respectable Bronze . Only France and Australia received more medals at the world-renowned wine competition.
- 28 Italian wines awarded Gold medals
- Beaten only by France and Australia in total medal count with 658
- Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Prosecco strikes Gold, for less than £10
- Italian reds performed very well, with thirteen receiving Gold medals. Natale Verga vineyard from the Piedmont region in North West Italy was awarded two Gold medals for its 2009 and 2010 Barolos. The youngest Italian Red to receive Gold was the 2013 Rosso Piceno, Conte Saladini from Saladini Pilastri in the Marche area of North East Italy
- Three Italian sparkling wines impressed the judges enough to receive a Gold medal, including a 2013 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore Brut which retails for just £9.99. However, those looking to splurge on a Gold medal winning Italian sparkler could try the 2006 Vittorio Moretti from Bellavista wines in Lombardia, which would set you back £110
- Two Italian fortified wines received Gold medals including a 1988 Marsala Superiore Riserva Storica from Sicilian vineyard Bagilo Curatolo Arini 1875, and a 1990 Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva from Azienda Vinicola Attilio Contini
- This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Italian wines wowed the judges at this year’s competition, evident from the huge medal count. Coming third in the medals table behind France and Australia is a hugely impressive feat for Italy, and these winning wine makers have demonstrated their exquisite skill and mastery of their art. The Sainsbury’s Prosecco is stunning, and punching well above its weight in terms of value for money. I would recommend any Prosecco fan to grab a bottle today, as I imagine it will be a top seller this year!”
“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: www.internationalwinechallenge.com